So first, if anyone is on Goodreads and wants to connect, please do so. Rossrn is my username. Given my last name, I'm typically pretty easy to find using search.
Second, wanted to share my review, though it is not in depth as I try to avoid spoilers. So here is more on your favorite character;-)
After reading The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings more than once in junior and senior high, I decided to tackle the Silmarillion.
In the Silmarillion is Of Turin Turambar. I loved it. I read it over and over. It was 28 pages.
In the Unfinished Tales, the story was expanded on, running nearly 100 pages.
Then in 2007, we get The Children of Hurin, as complete a telling (259 pages in my version) of what is to me the most tragic tale ever written.
For those familiar with the History of Middle Earth (HoME), Turin is referenced in the index of each of the twelve volumes according to The History of Middle Earth Index.
Of particular note is volume III, The Lays of Beleriand, which is comprised of two stories, the Children of Hurin and of Beren and Luthien. So if you enjoyed reading the Children of Hurin, I think you will enjoy it as a lay as well.
Why do I like this tale?
It is tragic. I don't honestly believe it could be more tragic, but Turin is a warrior's warrior.
The story begins in the First Age (The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings were the Third Age) when Hurin leaves his family to fight in what becomes the Battle of Unnumbered Tears. Morgoth was the origin of evil in Middle Earth and wins the Battle, capturing Hurin in the process.
Hurin refused the will of Morgoth and Morgoth cursed his family. As punishment, Morgoth bound Hurin on a high mountaintop and gave him sight and hearing to witness the curse play out upon his family unable to do anything except watch it unfold.
Hurin's son Turin, without spoilers, is repeatedly challenged by the curse of which he knows nothing of, but leaves a wake of destruction behind him until the very end.
Morgoth eventually sets Glaurung, the father of dragons, against Turin.
No one wins, and maybe that was Tolkien's point.
Turin was inspiring, but cursed. Those around him more often than not died untimely deaths. He was left without all more than once, but continued forward.
Turin was remembered as a hero and great warrior, but it came at tremendous cost.
No, this is not The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, but it is a great work by my favorite author.
Looking to take my time and enjoy it, let me know if anyone is interested.
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I live in Nazareth, PA with my wife, Jill, and daughters Alexa and Olivia. My wife and I both grew up in the community and we enjoy living in the borough being able to walk through town to the library and our many parks.
We have a German Shepherd, Arizona and previously had a Lab/Shepherd mix, Nittany.
Our family enjoys spending time together playing board games, cooking/grilling, and making. I like woodworking projects and the girls are very good with crafts, knitting (my daughter makes scarves including Alpaca and donates a portion of proceeds to our local food bank), stitching, drawing, painting, etc.
We are also avid readers and writers.
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